My small role is to inspire leaders and organizations to design their purpose and bring it to life.
My latest pursuit has been championing projects that propel Atlanta forward, toward a more collaborative, integrated and approachable future. Although I studied business and later marketing and design, the thought of launching myself into city planning has crossed my mind more than twice this week, again. As a designer and a helpless devotee to mother nature, I find myself caught in the great collision between our social desire to conform and the need to change the status quo. I'm one of millions asking (begging) city leaders, corporate leaders, and community leaders all over the world, "How do your actions, your core business, and your purpose directly contribute to the environmental degradation of our world?" The excuse "It's the cost of doing business" is not good enough. Without ecology, we have no economy.
On a lighter note, I love to bicycle with my husband, plan open streets events for our neighborhood and study master storytellers. I've fallen in love with a character in a novel, and I've cried listening to Ray Anderson read a poem about tomorrow's child. My greatest weakness is dark chocolate, and my greatest strength is saying "yes" to every soulful thing that comes my way.
I'm fascinated with human centered design, sustainable design, and the power of design thinking in education, nonprofits, government and business.
Ways to make our cities more sustainable, collaborative, approachable, and likable.
making chocolate chip cookies. mmmmm...
I was being courted by Tod Martin, CEO of Unboundary, to work in Atlanta, and was fascinated by his stories of TED. I went to TED.com and four hours later I came up for breathe. Needless to say, I was hooked. My favorite talk is still the first talk I ever watched, Jill Taylor and her "Stroke of Insight" (even though the real brain still creeps me out).
One of the two agendas I had coming on board the Unboundary team was to develop a conference that helped break the boundaries of conventional thinking in Atlanta. If only we could produce something like TED. Our wishes were granted in May 2009, when Tod received an email from Chris Anderson welcoming TEDsters to the new experiment called TEDx. Tod grabbed the TEDxAtlanta name and set the first date for September 18, 2009. Seven amazing events later and still going, we are sold on the power of x. The most rewarding part of organizing a TEDx event is seeing the shining eyes of those who say "Ah, now I get it."
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